Sarah M. Peitzmeier, Ph.D., MSPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3347 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-4176
Sarah Peitzmeier is accepting new PhD students.


  • Violence
  • LGBT health
  • HIV
  • HPV/Cervical cancer

Sarah Peitzmeier is a mixed-methods social epidemiologist focusing on gender-based violence and sexual health, particularly in marginalized populations such as LGBTQ communities and sex workers. Her current NIH-funded work focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV) in transgender populations, to better understand trans survivors' experiences and build validated tools for IPV screening in healthcare settings. Dr. Peitzmeier is also developing and testing interventions to reduce sexual assault against cisgender women and transgender undergraduates on college campuses. She is committed to community-engaged research that addresses under-researched community priorities, including her work on chest binding and health in transmasculine individuals. This work builds on her prior quantitative and qualitative research investigating the role of violence in propagating risk of HIV, HPV, and other sexual health concerns. 


Dr. Peitzmeier teaches introductory statistics at the undergraduate and Ph.D. level.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2017
  • MSPH, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore,MD, 2012
  • BS, BA, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, 2010

Publication Highlights

  • Peitzmeier, S., Silberholz, J., Gardner, I., Weinand, J. Acevedo, K., Samandur, A., Sabia, E. (2021) Time to first onset of chest binding-related symptoms in transgender adults. Pediatrics 147 (3).

  • Peitzmeier, S., Malik, M., Kattari, S.K., Marrow, E., Stephenson, R., Ag_enor, M., Reisner, S. (2020) Intimate partner violence in transgender populations: Systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence and correlates. American Journal of Public Health 110 (9): e1-e14.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Bernstein, I.M., McDowell, M.J., Pardee, D., Ag_enor, M., Alizaga, N.M., Reisner, S., Potter, J. (2020) Enacting Power and Constructing Gender in Cervical Cancer Screening Encounters between Transmasculine Patients and Health Care Providers. Culture, Health & Sexuality 22 (12): 1315-1332.

  •  Peitzmeier, S., Wirtz, A., Peryshkina, A., Sherman, S., Colantuoni, E., Beyrer, C., Decker, M. (2020) Associations between violence and HIV risk behaviors di_e by perpetrator among Russian sex workers. AIDS & Behavior 24 (3): 812-822.

  • Peitzmeier, S., White Hughto, J.M., Potter, J., Deutsch, M.B., Reisner, S.L. (2019) Development of a novel tool to assess intimate partner violence against transgender individuals. J Interpersonal Violence 34 (11): 2376-2397.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Agénor, M., Bernstein, I., McDowell, M., Alizaga, N.M., Reisner, S.L., Pardee, D.J., Potter, J.E. (2017). “It can promote an existential crisis": Factors influencing Pap test acceptability and utilization among transmasculine individuals. Qualitative Health Research. In press.

  • Decker, M., Tomko, C., Wingo, E., Sawyer, A., Peitzmeier, S., Glass, N., Sherman, S. (2017). A brief, trauma-informed intervention increases safety behavior and reduces HIV risk among drug-involved women who trade sex. BMC Public Health. In press.

  • Reisner, S.L., Deutsch, M., Peitzmeier, S., White Hughto, J.M., Cavanaugh, T., Pardee, D., McLean, S., Marrow, E.J., Mimiaga, M.J., Panther, L., Gelman, M., Green, J., Potter, J. (2017). Comparing self- and provider-collected swabbing for HPV DNA testing in female-to-male transgender adult patients: A mixed-methods biobehavioral study protocol. BMC Infectious Diseases. In press.

  • Valentine, S., Peitzmeier, S., King, D., O'Cleirigh, C., Marquez, S., Presley, C., Potter, J. (2017). Disparities in exposure to intimate partner violence among transgender / gender nonconforming and sexual minority primary care patients. LGBT Health. In press.

  • Reisner, S.L., Randazzo, R.K., White Hughto, J.M., Peitzmeier, S., DuBois, Z., Pardee, D.J., Marrow, E., McLean, S., Potter, J. (2017). Sensitive health topics with underserved patient populations: Methodological considerations for online focus group discussions. Qualitative Health Research. In press.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Tomko, C., Wingo, E., Sawyer, A., Sherman, S., Glass, N., Beyrer, C., Decker, M. (2017). Acceptability of vaginal rings and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among female sex workers in a high-prevalence US city. AIDS Care. In press.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Kaagesten, A., Acharya, R., Cheng, Y., Delany-Moretlwe, S., Olumide, A., Blum, R., Sonenstein, F., Decker, M. (2016). Intimate partner violence perpetration among adolescent males in disadvantaged neighborhoods globally. Journal of Adolescent Health 59 (6): 696-702.

  • Peitzmeier, S., Gardner, I., Weinand, J., Corbet, A., Acevedo, K. (2016). Health impact of chest binding among transgender adults: a community-engaged, cross-sectional study. Culture, Health and Sexuality 19 (1), 64-75.

  • Agénor, M., Peitzmeier, S., Bernstein, I., McDowell, M., Alizaga, N., Reisner, S., Pardee, D., Potter, J. (2016). Perceptions of cervical cancer risk and screening among transmasculine individuals: patient and provider perspectives. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Epub ahead of print.

  • Additional publications itemized in CV. 

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